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February 2024
Vol. 5 No. 1 | ISSN: 2652-5836


Welcome to the first Gatherings of 2024 and happy new year!

In this issue you’ll find:  

  • an interview with Nadine Davidoff about her upcoming workshop on point of view 
  • the essential accreditation exam updates from the Accreditation Board – a reminder that registrations open on 12 February!
  • a comprehensive review of Draftsmith, a new tool from the team behind PerfectIt

We also have a brand new crossword for you and we’ve delved into our archives to bring you a great story from Sylvia Bauer, an Editors Aotearoa New Zealand branch member, on proofreader panic and what to do when you’ve messed up with a client. 

Are you following IPEd’s social accounts? 

Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and X/Twitter. And don’t forget to tag us when sharing your events or news. We’re always keen to see what our members are up to and delighted to share your successes! 

Screenshot of a post from LinkedIn where IPEd member Deborah Shaw celebrates her new role as president of the Editors Aotearoa New Zealand IPEd branch. IPEd has reposted Deborah's post and congratulated them.

EdWA: Social media for editors
Thursday 15 February 2024

  • Learn about different social media platforms and how to use them effectively as an editor to connect with fellow editors, colleagues and potential clients, and to build your editorial brand in this hands-on online workshop.

SCPD: Macros 101 for Mac: boost your productivity
Thursday 15 February and Friday 1 March 2024

  • This hands-on virtual workshop – dedicated to using macros on a Mac – will teach you how to incorporate macros into your daily editing. You will be guided through the process of installing macros and assigning them shortcuts, and you will practise using some of the most popular macro tools.

EdVic: Editing point of view in fiction and narrative nonfiction – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 21 February and Wednesday 28 February 2024

  • This two-part online workshop will consider the question of point of view in both fiction and narrative nonfiction from an editor’s perspective. We will look closely at narrative voice – first, second and third person – and weigh up the effectiveness and limitations of each and how to communicate this to writers.

EdNSW: Editors’ networking lunch in Cheltenham, Sydney
Thursday 22 February 2024

  • An opportunity for IPEd NSW branch members to network over lunch at Molly’s Pavilion, Cheltenham Recreation Club.

EdVic: Networking lunch 
Thursday 29 February 2024

  • Celebrate this leap year by joining us at our next Editors Victoria networking lunch! Come along and catch up with your editor buddies over a delicious lunch at Arcadia Cafe, Fitzroy.

EdSA: Writers Week Breakfast
Saturday 2 March 2024

  • Mad March is coming up, and that means Writers Week, so why not start your schedule for this year’s festival with breakfast on the banks of Karrawirra Parri/the River Torrens? Editors SA will be hosting its annual Writers Week Breakfast at Historic Lounders Boatshed Café.

EdNSW: Editors’ networking lunch in Moruya, NSW
Friday 8 March 2024

  • An opportunity for IPEd NSW Branch Members to network over lunch at Tukka Cafe, Moruya.

Preparing for the 2024 Accreditation Exam – online workshop series 1
Saturday 9, 16 and 23 March 2024

  • This series of three 2-hour online workshops follows IPEd’s standardised syllabus for exam preparation, designed for people intending to sit the IPEd accreditation exam.

Networking event: Neurodivergent editors’ meet-up
Date: Tuesday 19 March 2024

  • Join us online for the first-ever IPEd neurodivergent editors’ meet-up. Meet your fellow neurodivergent editors and share experiences, tips and tricks for navigating the industry.

EdNSW: How to get editing work in Australian universities
Tuesday 2 April 2024

  • Dr Kai Jensen discusses the sorts of editing work universities, their staff and students are willing to pay for, how to get this work, and how it is changing.

Preparing for the 2024 Accreditation Exam – online workshops series 2
Wednesday 1, 8 and 15 May 2024

  • This series of three 2-hour online workshops follows IPEd’s standardised syllabus for exam preparation, designed for people intending to sit the IPEd accreditation exam.

Editors Victoria (EdVic) Professional Development Officer Caroline Arnoul spoke with Nadine Davidoff about her upcoming workshop on point of view.

The beginning of the year is often a time of change and that is also true for IPEd.

Updates from the Accreditation Board including how the IPEd standards apply, new sample exams and exam preparation workshops.

Occasional mistakes may be inevitable. But how we respond to them is not. EdANZ member Sylvia Bauer share tips for managing proofreader panic.

Challenge yourself with this month’s cryptic crossword from Jane Fitzpatrick.

In this review of Draftsmith, the latest tool from the team behind PerfectIt, IPEd member Rhonda Bracey explores what Draftsmith is and is not, its various functions and tools and how Draftsmith can help editors. 

Learning to love style sheets from Editors Canada

If the thought of a style sheet makes you shudder then this story from Editors Canada on learning to love style sheets might be for you. 

Literary festivals in 2024

Planning your year? Then you’ll want to bookmark these handy resources of literary and writers festivals in 2024 in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.

To whom it may concern from CIEP

To whom, or not to whom, that is the question. Or is it! This fact sheet from our friends at CIEP asks “what should editors do about the whom vs who debate?”

Punctuation in literature of major languages is intriguingly mathematical

“Punctuation can be a nuisance; it is often simply neglected. Wrong! The most recent statistical analyses paint a different picture: punctuation seems to “grow out” of the foundations shared by all the (examined) languages, and its features are far from trivial.”